stevia_plantGLG Life Tech Corporation, a global leader in the agricultural and commercial development of high-quality zero-calorie natural sweeteners and MycoTechnology Inc., are pleased to announce their commercial partnership agreement to incorporate MycoTech’s certified USDA organic bitter blocking technology to improve the taste of stevia and monk fruit.

There is a major trend under way in which mass produced, low nutritional quality foods, loaded with added sugar, salt and fat are being replaced with healthy, natural, low and zero-calorie alternatives. The changing consumer landscape has food manufacturers looking for natural high intensity sweetener alternatives such as stevia and monk fruit. However, food manufacturers have struggled with stevia’s aftertaste and astringent flavour profile. MycoTechnology has developed ClearTaste, a USDA organic bitter blocking technology, derived from mushrooms, that removes the bitter metallic lingering aftertaste from stevia.

ClearTaste is a natural, GMO-free and chemical-free ingredient solution that works by harnessing the natural extracts found in gourmet mushrooms. The compounds are unique to fungi and are highly effective at improving the flavor profiles of stevia and monk fruit. GLG has validated the efficacy of MycoTech’s innovative products and is impressed with ClearTaste and its applications.

Brian Meadows, President and CFO of GLG, stated: “We are excited to partner with MycoTech on their ClearTaste product and its application with our stevia and monk fruit extracts. We also look forward to working with MycoTech’s ever expanding product line to improve the taste of other natural ingredients. GLG and MycoTech’s combined strengths and competencies in zero-calorie natural sweeteners brings higher quality, better tasting natural sweeteners and flavor enhancer solutions to the global food and beverage industry. Our initial goal is to immediately commercialize MycoTech’s innovative technology with GLG’s stevia and monk fruit products. We expect to follow shortly thereafter this year with other solutions to improve the taste of natural ingredients that have aftertaste issues but offer important functionality.”

“MycoTech is excited to be partnering with GLG to solve the challenge of the bitter aftertaste of stevia. Consumers are demanding natural alternatives to sugar that have zero calories without compromising on taste. Now they don’t have to,” said Alan Hahn CEO of MycoTech.

The initial term of the agreement is 5 years for which GLG would be MycoTechnology’s preferred vendor of stevia and monk fruit products. GLG further enjoys certain exclusivities in the commercial agreement with MycoTechnology products and the agreement also allows GLG to work directly with MycoTech to produce new products using both companies’ technology in return for purchase commitments with MycoTech.